The royal wedding takes over American TV
The media have already proclaimed the April 29 nuptials of England's Prince
William and Kate Middleton "the wedding of the century" (Friday,
4 a.m., NBC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, E!, etc.) Apparently there won't be anything
to compare to it in the next 89 years, so you'd better pay attention. TV is
more than happy to help, with frothing-at-the-mouth coverage of this seemingly
In 1981, the media went gaga over a similar non-event, the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer, and you can bet the ante will be upped 30 years later. Expect a commemorative issue of People magazine, souvenir books, a William and Kate TV movie from the Hallmark Channel and so much American fawning over the British monarchy that the Founding Fathers will surely turn over in their graves.
By the way, don't forget to clip and save this TV blurb — it, too, is commemorative.
Saturday, 9 p.m. (A&E)
If you haven't been keeping up with the real-life saga of the Philadelphia
and Detroit parking enforcers, here's your chance for a crash course. This
special features the top 10 nastiest encounters between the officers and the
violators, who, as always, just can't accept the fact that they deserve a ticket.
I hope the top 10 includes the encounter in which someone calls an officer a "jerkoff" and insists that the parking meter was "broken." Oh, wait a minute — that's every encounter. CV